Russia said it targets a huge underground missile depot in west Ukraine near the border with NATO-allied Romania with “Kinzhal” hypersonic missiles system for the first time.

Iran PressEurope: The Kinzhal hypersonic missiles system can carry conventional or nuclear warheads, flies ten times faster than the speed of sound, or more than 3 kilometers per second, Russian President Vladimir Putin said when he announced the system in an annual state-of-the-nation address in 2018.

On Saturday, the Russian military reported that it had used its latest hypersonic Kinzhal (Dagger) missiles to destroy a large weapons depot in Ukraine's western Ivano-Frankivsk region for the first time in combat.

A spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Kinzhal missiles destroyed an underground warehouse storing Ukrainian missiles and aviation ammunition in the western Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine.

The strike marked the first use of the nuclear-capable advanced weapons system in the Ukraine war, state news service RIA Novosti said.

Ukraine didn't report any Russian attack on the military facility.

The Kinzhal was among several latest-generation strategic weapons that Putin said at the time could overcome any U.S. missile defenses.

On Friday, Ukrainian authorities said a Russian missile strike hit an army barracks in the southern city of Mykolaiv with unconfirmed reports of several dozen soldiers killed.


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